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joshrushing:

Things are really heating up here in Iraq. Three soldiers were killed in the south yesterday, where Gates says Iran is arming Shia militias. June is the deadliest month for the US military in two years.

I’ve been on 5 bases from South Baghdad to Tikrit to Mosul this week and spoken to a handful of generals on both the US and Iraqi side.

Above is my story from today. When the US pulls out in six months, Iraq will be left virtually defenseless against Iran. I’d hoped to interview the US general who is second in command here about the issue today but he canceled. Officials won’t say why, if I had to guess, it has something to do with yesterday’s deaths and him going down south.

This is from Al Jazeera Fault Lines presenter Josh Rushing who is currently in Iraq. You can also follow Josh on Twitter, @joshrushing